Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, pleading guilty to willfully making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI; the House Intelligence Committee approving legislation that would renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program; a reform bill introduced by Wisconsin lawmakers proposes statutory changes that its sponsors say would streamline the Badger State’s civil-litigation system; in his latest Dispatch from the Road, Courthouse News’ Western bureau chief waxes eloquently about the thrill of live sports – and soccer – from California’s Santa Clara County, and more.

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Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

1.) In National news, President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty in a Washington, D.C., courtroom Friday morning to willfully and knowingly making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

2.) Mirroring the Trump administration’s recent complaints, congressional Republicans grasped Thursday for ways to block courts from handing down nationwide injunctions against federal policies.

The seal of the National Security Agency. (Associated Press)
John Bernard Feit leaves the 92nd state District Court during a break in Feit’s trial for the murder of Irene Garza Thursday, November 30, 2017, at the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg.
(Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor/Pool)
5.) In Regional news, prosecutors opened the first day of the trial of 85-year-old John Feit by arguing the Catholic Church was complicit in covering up the 1960 murder of a South Texas beauty queen to protect the now-retired priest.
Wisconsin State Capitol building.

6.) A reform bill introduced Thursday by Wisconsin lawmakers proposes statutory changes that its sponsors say would streamline the Badger State’s civil-litigation system.

Manoli Loupassi is seeking a recount in the race to represent the 68th State House District in Virginia.

7.) A longtime Republican member of Virginia’s House of Delegates on Thursday filed a request for a recount of the November vote that resulted in his losing his seat.

(Chris Marshall/CNS)
8.) In his latest Dispatch from the Road, Courthouse News’ Western bureau chief waxes eloquently about the thrill of live sports – and soccer – from California’s Santa Clara County.
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